I have subscribed to Birchbox for a few years now. If you’ve never heard of it, it is a beauty sample subscription service. It’s $10 per month and I get a box with four to five samples per month. Usually the samples are a bit higher end and things that I normally wouldn’t purchase because of the price point.
I really have enjoyed it. I have found many products that I swear by now through Birchbox.
Last week, I received my July box. I was really hoping to have this fantastic review of it for my first Birchbox review on The Spotted Poppy. But I have to be honest, this month’s Birchbox was less than thrilling.
As a subscriber, you can look at your account and peek at what you will be getting in this month’s box. I was very excited about the samples this month. I impatiently checked my mailbox until the day it arrived. I received Bumble and bumble. all-style blow dry cream, clariSEA rapid detox charcoal exfoliant, stila look at me liquid lipstick, and Supergoop! anti-aging city sunscreen serum. You will also see I received what was supposed to be a perfume sample from Cartier.
Disappointment number one. You see that yellow tissue paper? Usually it all neat and folded and opening it feels like a special indulgence. Nope, mine was all crumpled up like that. Disappointment number two. I did not receive a perfume sample, only the piece of cardboard that goes with it. I ended up emailing Birchbox about the missing sample. I received an email back right away and was told they would mail me a replacement sample. I got an email earlier today they are out of the Cartier perfume samples and instead gave me 50 Birchbox points which is equivalent to $5 in at their shop.
Yeah, $5 is great because I know that I will use the points and apply it to an online purchase, but I expect better from Birchbox. This particular experience is probably not enough for me to cancel my subscription just yet, but I am disappointed. I hope August’s box can redeem this month. I haven’t even tried any of the products I received yet. I am most intrigued by the clariSEA rapid detox charcoal exfoliant. It is a powder that you mix with water in your hand and then exfoliate your face. Very, very intriguing. I will keep you posted.
I intend on doing monthly reviews of my Birchbox. I hope this does not turn you off of Birchbox, but I did want to be honest about my review of July’s box.